First tell me what you are planning to do and what you hope to gain from it.
Be specific! Since this is a final project, it needs to be rigorous and show depth of knowledge. If you have access to a personal camera, please do feel free to shoot part of your project at home but also be prepared to shoot and do work in class. You can not use photographs that you have already handed in.
Every project has to have a research component from at least two different sources listed (not wikipedia) and explanation which is worth 20% of the project grade.
If time permits, you will be doing a quick presentation of your project to the class.
Some pertinent final project ideas that you may choose from, or decide on your own with teacher approval:
1. Portraits- do a series of eight environmental portraits in an appropriate setting with the use of props and utilizing composition techniques such as the rule of thirds and framing. Research two separate portrait photographers and write a 2 page paper about the photographers, what you liked about their work, and how learning about them influenced the style of photography you did. Show preliminary sketches/ideas of what you are going to do and how that influenced the final outcome.
2. Mandalas- do a series of eight mandalas increasing the complexity- do at least one circular, sixteen panels, etc. Research different ways of creating mandalas and then write a 2 page paper giving step by step instructions on how you created them, and about the various ways mandalas were used in history.
Here are a few tutorials on making circular mandalas (not so easy, but amazing results)
I put a circular mandala template in the shared folder that is 8" square, 2 layers and 300 resolution.
youtube tutorial (watch on your phone or at home)
3. Book cover- do a book cover and six photo illustrations for a fiction book or poem of your choice. Include thumbnails of what you planned out before starting with the project. Write a 1 page paper outlining how your photographs relate to the story.
4. Stop Motion video- do a two minute long stop motion video telling a story with a beginning, middle and end- can be a music video or commercial. Have the music relate to the video (you may have to bring a song in) and do not use just a quick shutter speed- include “suspension of reality.” Write a one to two page paper detailing the steps you did to create your video and write about two other stop motion videos you researched and were inspired by. Include story boards that are made beforehand.
5. Do a series of 8 advertisements for a product of your choice and a 1-2 page paper detailing what you did to try to “sell” your product. Include sketches that were made beforehand.
6. Do a series of 8 surrealistic photographs, researching the work of Salvador Dali and creating work in Adobe Photoshop using tools you haven’t experimented with yet. Write a 1-2 page paper detailing what you did and about his work.
7. Do a series of 8 invisible photographs, increasing the complexity. Write a 1-2 page paper explaining what you did and researching DADA artists and how they influenced your work. Max Ernst and Man Ray are two good examples of DADA photographic artists.
-invisible- take a photo with a person in it, and a photo with the person gone. Put the layer of the person on top of the background layer and use the erase tool to get rid of the person. Adjust the brightness/contrast as needed to make it look like one image.
8. Do a series of 8 HDR photographs, increasing the complexity and amount of exposures used. Utilize composition techniques such as the rule of thirds, framing and leading line. Write a 2 page paper about the process and research two photographers that deal in the HDR technique.
-HDR technique- take 7 exposures of one composition, and go file > automate > merge to HDR Pro. Click on "remove ghosts" if needed to make sure the images are perfectly on top of each other and adjust as needed.
Time on task/ Craftsmanship: 10 points
(use time wisely and not thrown together at the last minute, no dust or smudges etc)
Research Paper: 20 points
(thorough, two sources, correct length, 12 point type single spaced)
Project: 70 points
Highly aesthetic and original. Purposeful use of composition, angles, lighting, and color (30 points)
Very Compelling. Makes viewer reflect on meaning or message. The Viewer will remember the work. (10 points)
Creative, student went above and beyond what have done in past (20 points)
Reflects research done on topic (10 points)
Every photograph within the series MUST be spotless/ no dust or smudges/ main subject completely in focus/ appropriate brightness and contrast with correct exposures.
This is the final project of the year which shows the culmination of all the things you learned this year so I expect these photographs to blow me away!